There are almost as many kinds of swimbaits as there are fishermen: everything from a Creme Lit’l Fishie to a 15-inch plastic trout qualifies as a swimbait. When it comes to Yamamoto products, the D-Shad, Swim Senko, Hula Swimmer, Heart-Tail, and even the Kut Tail worm can all be fished as swimbaits. The huge variety of sizes, shapes, and colors means that you can find a swimbait to match the dominant prey in your fishing hole.
The 2017 season was shaping up to be the worst of Tom Monsoor’s lengthy career on the FLW Tour, and the biggest body blow occurred on his home pools of the Mississippi River. The Wisconsin pro was expected to dominate the sixth event of the season, but rising water threw him off his game and he ended up a dismal 105th.
A former Bassmaster Classic champion and veteran FLW Tour pro, Jay Yelas is no stranger to big bass. However, the Oregon angler knows that nabbing big bass often means throwing smaller baits. In his view, small swimbaits exemplify this premise.
“Especially on public lakes that get a lot of fishing pressure, most all of the fish have been caught before and you’re trying to recapture the same fish,” he said. “So, having a small, natural profile in your bait makes a big difference, because these are educated fish.